Foreign students attend Fulbright Gateway Orientation at Centenary College

(PR NewsChannel) / March 12, 2012 / HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. 

Centenary CollegeThis summer, Centenary College will welcome 60 Fulbright Foreign Students from several countries as part of the 2012 Fulbright Gateway Orientation. The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsors the orientation to prepare students to adapt to academic and cultural life in the United States and to promote a shared and successful Fulbright experience. This is the first year that Centenary applied for and received the opportunity to host a Fulbright Gateway Orientation. Centenary College is one of 10 institutions nationally and the only one in New Jersey to be selected to host a Fulbright Gateway Orientation this year.

The Fulbright Program is the United States government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright Program participants are among the more than 50,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“It is an honor for Centenary College to be selected to host the 2012 Fulbright Gateway Orientation Program,” says Nancy Paffendorf, dean for community and college affairs at Centenary College. “Holding the Gateway Program at Centenary is a natural fit, as we house a school of international programs and offer a master’s degree in leadership and public administration as well as other relevant programs. Our faculty and staff will aid Fulbright graduate students in their transition to life in the United States, including leadership and professional development activities.”

Specific program topics will include networking, understanding United States academic culture, adjusting to United States culture and United States politics and leadership seminars. The orientation will also include an overview of Fulbright grant benefits and responsibilities, and there will be opportunities for Centenary graduate students to interact with the Fulbright students. The program will also include local activities where the students will experience American culture. After the orientation, the students will move on to colleges and universities around the United States where they will continue their research and studies in a broad range of academic disciplines.

The Fulbright Gateway Orientation will occur at Centenary during the week of August 6, 2012.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

About Centenary College: Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in three locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

Annamaria C. Lalevee
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